[Letter] 1824 Dec. 14, Princeton, [Georgia] near Broken Arrow [to] G[eorge] M. Troup, [Governor of Georgia], Milledgeville / Duncan Campbell [and] Ja[me]s Meriwether, U.S. Commis[ione]rs

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
[Letter] 1824 Dec. 14, Princeton, [Georgia] near Broken Arrow [to] G[eorge] M. Troup, [Governor of Georgia], Milledgeville / Duncan Campbell [and] Ja[me]s Meriwether, U.S. Commis[ione]rs
Campbell, Duncan Green, 1787-1828
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Meriwether, James
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Creek Indians--Treaties
Cherokee Indians--Claims against
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
official reports
Letter dated December 14, 1824 from Duncan Campbell and James Meriwether, U.S. Commissioners, to Georgia Governor George M. Troup regarding obstacles the commissioners face in treating with the Creeks. They relate that proceedings are being conducted orally since the written method has failed. Also, the publication of negotiations held at Tucabatchee (Tuckabatchee, Tuckabatchie) and Pole Cat Springs has spread alarm throughout the nation as has the persistent "interference" of the Cherokees. Campbell and Meriwether negotiated the Treaty of Indian Springs, 1825 that was unauthorized by a majority of Creeks and later abrogated by the United States. Enclosure no longer attached.
Digital image of original manuscript, scanned by the University of Georgia Libraries in 2000, as part of GALILEO, funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Cite as: [title of item], Telamon Cuyler, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia
2 pages/leaves
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Manuscript held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries, Telamon Cuyler, box 77, folder 03, document 01.
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[unclear text: Princeton ] Near Broken Arrow
14th Dec. 1824
Your Express arrived here on Sunday and found us absent on a small excurtion [excursion] up the river on business most importantly connected with our mission. We did not return until yesterday, and then in [unclear text: excessive ] rain which has greatly retarded our operations --
We are not without our difficulties in determining what shall be our [deleted text: [illegible text] ] answer to the several inquiries which you have [unclear text: propounded ] . These do not arise however from any reluctance to make to you a full disclosure of our proceedings, and the [deleted text: difficulties ] [added text: obstacles ] which we have had to encounter, but from an apprehension that by such Communication we might, for the present, weaken the many of which, we hope, successfully, to avail ourselves. As Agents of the general government, and as Citizens of Georgia, we cannot regard your efforts upon this subject in other than the most favourable [favorable] light, and at a time more reasonable, in case of our failure, we shall be prepared most heartily to [unclear text: coopperate [cooperate] ] in your views & upon the very points of your inquiries.
We [unclear text: commenced ] our negotiation in writing -- as far as it has progressed, in this way, we send you a copy. This method has been abandoned, as too formal, and liable to too many [unclear text: interruptions. ] Our discussions will be conducted

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orally for the future, and in this we shall enjoy advantag [document damaged] which will probably lead to success.
The proceedings which you have seen published as occurring at Tucabatchee and Pole Cat Springs were evidently intended to forestal [forestall] us. They have, in great measure had [unclear text: this ] effect, by spreading alarm throughout the Nation, by the miserable farago [farrago] of threats which they contain. For Some time past, the Cherokees exerted a steady and [illegible text] interference in the affairs of this tribe. That this has [illegible text] additional impulse, and that we are now encountering a daily interference, more active and insidious, we have no doubt. [unclear text: We decline a specification ] , in the hope, that we may succeed without it, and thereby avoid its irritating Consequences.
Deeply sensible, that [deleted text: [illegible text] ] a [unclear text: persevering zeal ] is indispensable in the furtherance of the policy of the government and in vindicating the rights of Georgia, we will communicate again, by Express, [added text: to [unclear text: reach ] you ] in the forenoon of Saturday, if such [unclear text: step ] should appear to us to promise an advantage

With sentiments of great consideration and respect, We are yr obt serts [your obedient servants]
[Signed] Duncan G. Campbell
[Signed] Jas. [James] Meriwether U.S. Comsr [Commissioners]
His Excellency G.M. Troup Milledgeville-

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Communication from Duncan G. Campbell & Jas. [James] Meriwether Esquires U. States Commr [Commissioners] for holding a Treaty with the Creek Nation of Indians, dated
14th Dec. 1824.